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Project by MsDebbieP posted 01-23-2007 07:53 PM 2354 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent some time this morning in the shop, trying out some tools.

I have no idea why I thought I should try making a “lanyard”... But the thought crossed my mind at the same time that I was heading to the tools and so that was to be my experiment this morning.
I first used the scroll saw to cut out the outside shape and then the Dremel to carve out the dips and dives in the “ropes”. I first outlined the “overlaps” with a 144 carving bit (at least that’s what I think it is) and then a 7134 fine bit to smooth the slope outwards from the overlap. (If that makes sense).
I’d love to hear from Dremel users to find out what process I should have used, to get the results I wanted.
I also want advice on how to take this design, redo it (I have no reason for redoing this except to develop my skills. I have no idea what this is good for).

Anyway, since this was a pretty rough I thought I’d add my second project for the day – something that turned out a whole lot better AND will be put to good use :) Deep-dish apple pie. Mouthwatering and waiting for supper!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 01-23-2007 07:59 PM

WOW! I love deep dish apple idea hope the saw dust didn’t get in the way. I used a 1/’ router bit and a very slow hand to make a rope once i’ll show it in a project later. nice work.

-- Marty Ohio

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#2 posted 01-23-2007 08:01 PM

The pie leaves something to be desired. If you want outside critiques, I’ll send you my snail-mail address and you can sent me your next attempt.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-23-2007 08:02 PM

It looks nice Debbie, See!! you’re already doing a little carving. The only contribution I have, is maybe the next one. Add a spiral design to make it look more like a rope. Similar to my lighthouse border.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-23-2007 08:08 PM


Is that pie made out of wood? If you’re into the Dremel tool, looking at what shape you want to make is a real chore with all the bits Dremel offers. Doing relief carving is very esthetic. You almost always have to have your intended shape envisioned in your mind all the time. Put pencil marks on the highest points or levels, and as you keep carving down, keep adding pencil marks on the descending levels (or depth), so you don’t wind up losing the form for the thickness you started with.

You might enjoy picking up a set of hand carving tools. They look like chisels, except they have small shafts and ends with a multitude of shapes. There is also different lengths with handle shapes and sizes to fit different size hands. If you go to a woodworking supply store, check ‘em out and see how they feel.

I’m recommending these because the process is much slower and you can develop a “feel” for carving. It’s very rewarding. While you’re at the store, check out the paperbacks on carving by hand.

Keep us posted.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-23-2007 08:09 PM

Another thing Debbie, A lot of people carve only with power tools, but my preference is still hand tools. I’ve tried both ways.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 01-23-2007 08:28 PM

There’s a woodshow this weekend, within an hour’s drive so we are looking forward to shopping. Rick wants to start doing some lathe work (something he tried WAY back in his school days.
The other day when I used a chisel for something I did really enjoy it. Maybe some good ol’ soul at the wood show will let me try out a hand tool.
I’m guessing that I’ll enjoy it a lot more. Actually, I was comparing the time spent with the Dremel to the time I just spent kneading bread—and the breadmaking beat hands-down. I can only guess that handcarving would be as rewarding as the baking.

Marty, I’d love to see the rope you created.
Karson, you have a keen eye and would love your critique on the pie.
Dick, I never thought of that—I had origninally got an image using a piece of rope (which would have shown me those lines) but at the worktable I used the leather cord, so – no lines. And, I DID do some carving.. yippee. No where to go, now, but UP!!!
Cabinetman, thanks for all the tips re: Dremel.. and your (and Dick’s) advice to try some hand tools.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 01-24-2007 12:07 AM

Debbie one of my favorite carving tools is a good old fasioned sheetrock or box knife. I find it much quicker than a dremel. I love power tools, but I’m with Dick on this one.

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#8 posted 01-24-2007 12:22 AM

and so the learning curve continues..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 05-26-2007 03:40 PM

I ran across this on shuffle this morning and now I am going to have to take a break. Lol. It made me hungry.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 05-26-2007 06:15 PM

I’ll take my slice of pie with some vanilla ice cream, please! Mmmm…Mmmmm!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 05-26-2007 08:20 PM

hahah that’s a funny shuffle item!! lol :)

Os—coming right up!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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